Hardings Wood Animals

Mammals and birds thrive in the woodland. There are resident badgers, foxes, rabbits, squirrels, stoats and weasels. Voles, shrews and woodmice are also plentiful. Muntjac and fallow deer visit. Red kites and buzzards, as well as kestrels, hobbies and sparrowhawks, frequent the woodland edge. Owls, green and greater spotted woodpeckers, thrushes, blackbirds, four kinds of tit, wrens, chaffinches and greenfinches are resident. Bats using the wood as a roost are usually to be seen on summer evenings. There are a few really old trees in Hardings: the beech at the entrance and the old hornbeam coppice marking the old boundary, but as some of the beech, ash and oak reach maturity, they will provide new habitat for birds and animals.

There are good numbers of frogs and toads,  and common newts have also been seen. Of the woodland butterflies, the speckled wood is a speciality and is seen throughout the summer. Moths and other insects, spiders and arthropods are present in large numbers but we have not yet done surveys in this area.

Warm thanks to Gill Pakenham for allowing us to use her bird photographs and to Steve Povey for the mammals. Other photographs by Francesca Greenoak and others.

Where is Hardings Wood?

From Wigginton: Along the Chesham Road, turn left after the traffic-calming chicane, continue down past the crossroads until you reach the wood entrance in Crawleys Lane.
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How you can help...

If you wish to, you can get involved in any of the following ways:

The Hardings Wood Trust is registered as a Charitable Trust (Registered Charity number 1096325)

Please be aware that Hardings Wood is an ancient wood and that some of the paths are steep. Visitors are advised to have suitable clothing and footwear, and to be aware of all natural hazards—slip, trip, low hanging branches, projecting roots, insects, for example. Take care and enjoy your visit.